Schwarzman Foundation Deadline: Late Sept (May for holders of Chinese passports- please check the foundation’s website!)

Official Schwarzman Scholars Website  


Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars is the first scholarship created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.

Schwarzman Scholars gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities.

Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue a 1-year masters in Global Affairs, with the opportunity to take elective courses in many areas of interest.

Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.

For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants who are currently enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must be on track to successfully complete all degree requirements by August 1, 2020 before orientation begins.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 but not yet 29 years of age as of August 1, 2020
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong English skills, as all teaching will be conducted in English.

Selection criteria

Schwarzman Scholars will be selected on the basis of not only their academic aptitude and intellectual ability, but also their leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, ability to anticipate and act on emerging trends and opportunities, exemplary character, and desire to understand other cultures, perspectives and positions.

Please note that the most significant characteristic that the Schwarzman Foundation is looking for is leadership potential. To be a strong candidate, you need to have sustained leadership experience (i.e. not lasting a quarter or two). You also need to have accomplished something significant in your leadership role.

Application requirements

  • A complete and successfully submitted online application
  • Uploaded transcripts/academic records
  • Three electronic letters of recommendation.
  • Video.
  • Two essays:
    • Statement of Purpose/Leadership (750 words)
    • Current Affairs Essay (500 words)
  • Current resume/CV

See the Schwarzman website for more detailed information on these requirements:  

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